Most of the faults our staff find at the roadside could have been easily prevented if the driver had carried out their walkaround checks. Not only could it mean avoiding prohibitions and fines, it’ll make your job and Britain’s roads safer.
Advice and guidance on preparing trucks, buses and vans for the annual MOT test
Running a business generates a lot of paperwork. As well as keeping on top of it, you’re also trying to make sure your business continues to operate efficiently – which usually involves even more paperwork. Getting it all done is essential, but making sure you’re using the correct documents is just as important.
Keeping your business on the road is always challenging and particularly so during winter when severe weather could strike at any time.
The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) won an international road safety award on 8 December 2015 for its work on load security. In this blog, Peter Hearn, DVSA’s Head of Policy Development and Product talks about the awards event and the work involved.
A seatbelt is your first defence against injury and even death during a motor vehicle accident. So if your seatbelt isn’t protecting you, then what is? Maintaining seat belts in a good serviceable condition is essential for passenger service vehicles operators. As they are in constant use, they must be properly maintained by adjustment, repair or replacement.
Keeping the main roads open during severe weather is vital for many businesses and everyone on the road can help achieve that. The Highways Agency has produced posters and an information pack to help your drivers and fleet managers prepare for Winter.
All exhausts are tested for security, leaks, effectiveness of the silencers and to make sure that fumes do not enter the cab. However, when it comes to buses and coaches a few extra items need to be considered to avoid failing the test.
From 1 September 2014, we’ll be taking a more robust approach to vehicles with defective fuel systems. It’s not acceptable to contaminate the road surface or to drive a vehicle in such poor condition that a fuel spill is likely.
The European Union's roadworthiness package agrees the minimum standards for the annual test and roadside inspections of all vehicles within the Union. But how will we make those directives a practical reality for commercial vehicles on British roads?
We have this year updated the Guide to Maintaining Roadworthiness – essential reading for anyone whose responsibilities include vehicle roadworthiness.